If you were injured in a truck accident in Houston, you could be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain, and suffering, and other losses you suffered due to the crash. You deserve a chance to hold the at-fault parties accountable if their negligence harmed you.
Contact a truck accident lawyer with specific experience helping injured people in Houston seek justice.
The Houston truck accident attorneys at The Callahan Law Firm know how devastating a truck accident can be. We have the right skills, experience, and resources to handle any truck accident case, large or small.
We’ll be ready to discuss the specifics of your crash when you call us or reach out to us online for a free case evaluation.
Types of Injuries in a Truck Accident in Houston
Some of the most common injuries that truck accident victims suffer include:
- Spinal Cord Injuries – Spinal cord injuries can be quite severe and could even result in partial or total paralysis. If a spinal cord injury occurs in the lower back, it can cause paralysis in the pelvis and lower limbs. If the damage occurs in the upper back or neck region, it could cause paralysis in all four limbs.
- Traumatic Brain Injuries – Also known as TBIs, traumatic brain injuries can range in severity from minor concussions to severe hematomas and brain bleeds that require emergency medical care. TBIs are usually caused by a violent blow to the head, such as when a motorist’s head hits the dashboard in a collision. In addition to severe physical symptoms, TBIs can cause problems with memory, personality, emotion, and reasoning.
- Traumatic Orthopedic Injuries – Truck accidents frequently cause traumatic orthopedic injuries, including bone, joint, and soft-tissue injuries. Soft-tissue injuries occur when ligaments, tendons, and muscles that link together are torn apart.
- Burns – Burns can occur when an accident victim is exposed to fire or toxic fumes. Burns can cause significant, permanent disfigurement and pain.
- Whiplash – Whiplash is a soft-tissue injury that often occurs when an accident causes a person’s head and neck to jerk violently back and forth.
- Broken Bones – Broken bones are a common injury in truck accidents and can occur virtually anywhere in the body. Broken bones can take months to heal fully and require extensive rehabilitative care.
- Internal Injuries – Common internal injuries can include a ruptured spleen, a ruptured diaphragm, a ruptured liver, and ruptured kidneys. Broken ribs can also puncture the lungs. Internal injuries and bleeding may not be immediately apparent.
- Head Injuries – Head injuries such as skull fractures often require lengthy surgeries to repair.
- Amputation and Disfigurement – In some cases, accidental amputation can occur. Victims could lose limbs during the collision or have limbs removed after the accident.
Why Truck Accident Injuries Are Often More Severe
Truck accident injuries tend to be more severe because of a large tractor-trailer’s size, weight, and momentum. When fully loaded with cargo, trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. The average car weighs around 3,000 pounds. Due to their weight, trucks take much longer to come to a complete stop.
When a truck collides with a small passenger vehicle, the sheer force of the impact and the momentum behind the truck can cause catastrophic damage that goes far beyond what another passenger vehicle could cause.
Many trucks also carry cargo loads that can cause severe damage to other vehicles.
Types of Compensation for Houston Truck Accident Injuries
Truck accident victims may be eligible to claim compensation for their crash-related expenses and other losses. Depending on the circumstances of your case, you might be able to recover compensation for:
- Medical costs related to the accident
- Lost wages if you cannot work while you recover
- Lost earning capacity if the accident leaves you disabled
- Property damage, such as vehicle repairs and replacement
- Pain and suffering, including physical pain, emotional distress, and mental anguish
In rare cases, you might also be able to claim punitive damages, which are designed to punish exceptionally reckless, negligent, or malicious behavior. An attorney can help you determine what types of compensation you could be eligible to recover.
How Our Lawyers Can Help If You’ve Been Hurt in a Truck Wreck
If you were injured in a truck accident in the Houston area, the personal injury attorneys at The Callahan Law Firm have what it takes to help you pursue the compensation you deserve. If you choose to hire our team, we can help your case by:
- Investigating the accident – We are prepared to launch a comprehensive, independent investigation into the accident.
- Gathering evidence to support your case – We are ready to move quickly to collect and preserve vital evidence in your case. Some common types of evidence we use in truck accident cases include:
- Truck black boxes
- Truck driver travel logs
- Cell phone records
- Photos from the scene
- Surveillance video
- Witness testimony
- Accident reconstruction expert testimony
- Determining liability – We can use the evidence that we collect to determine liability in your case and identify every potential source of compensation.
- Documenting losses – We have the resources to document and calculate the losses you suffered in the accident. These include economic losses like medical bills and lost income and non-financial losses like pain and suffering.
- Negotiating a settlement – We can negotiate with the insurance company on your behalf. Our attorneys know how to counter insurance companies’ tactics to reduce or even deny claims.
- Taking your case to trial – If the insurance company refuses to negotiate in good faith or simply won’t offer a fair amount, our attorneys will be ready to fight for your case in court.
Because truck accidents are so complex, securing the right legal representation is critical. Our lawyers can handle every aspect of your case on your behalf so that you can focus on rebuilding your life. We also work on contingency, which means we won’t collect any upfront legal fees from you. We will collect a fee only if and when we secure compensation for you.